By Alex Nemec, marketing communication specialist
The beginning of a new semester is an exciting time — but it can also be an anxious and stressful experience for some.
In addition to the many resident assistants, each residence hall has a hall minister to provide pastoral care to and be a spiritual presence for all residents and building staff.
In collaboration with the staff, hall ministers are charged with helping to form a residential community that expresses the university’s Catholic, Jesuit mission, while accompanying individuals dealing with stress, illness, loss, loneliness, relationships, spiritual and emotional health, and more.
In this Q&A, Luke Beavers, hall minister for Carpenter Tower, talks about what he likes the most about Marquette University and Milwaukee.
What was your undergraduate degree in? Why did you pursue that discipline?
I majored in music in undergrad. Until a few years ago music was my life, and I didn’t want to do anything else. Eventually I figured out that I like jamming tunes a lot more than I like studying them!
Why did you want to be a hall minister?
My calling in life is education, but I see that as a bigger task than information transfer. Hall ministry is a perfect extension of my passion for helping young people foster their pursuit of the Good Life.
What makes Marquette special to you?
Marquette is special to me because it draws on strong points of the Jesuit, Christian tradition, and yet includes people from other traditions into the mission.
What is your favorite Marquette memory?
My favorite memory at Marquette is teaching a college class for the first time.
What is one thing you’re looking forward to this academic year?
I am looking forward to sharing life with the residents in Carpenter Tower.
Favorite book or movie: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy
Favorite location on campus: The space between Schroeder and AMU
Favorite hobby: Chess
Favorite restaurant in Milwaukee: Boo Boo’s
Favorite dessert: Hot cookie night